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The Woman and the Silver Coin

Luke 15:8 Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one silver coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek carefully until she finds it? (9) And when she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I lost. (10) In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting.

The lamp signifies the word of God (Psalm 119:105, 130) used by the Spirit to enlighten and expose the sinner’s position and condition so that he may repent. As indicated by the parable of the seeking woman, the Spirit’s work is to enlighten us inwardly. As this seeking woman, the Spirit enlightens our inner being little by little in a fine careful way. The Spirit enlightens our mind, then our emotions and will, and then our conscience and our entire heart. It is in this way that the Spirit “finds” us. As the result of the Spirit’s finding us through enlightening us, we wake up and come to ourselves and realize how foolish it is to stay where we are.

We do not wake ourselves up; on the contrary, we are awakened by the enlightening of the seeking Spirit. This seeking, enlightening, and finding of the Spirit takes place neither in the wilderness nor on the cross; it happens in our hearts. This results in repentance, which is a change in our mind that produces a change in the direction of our life. The fact that the Spirit’s finding us takes place within the “house” of our being reveals that we were lost in ourselves. We were lost in our mind, will, and emotion. We were not merely lost in the wilderness–we were lost in ourselves.

Christ died on the cross to bring us back from the wilderness of the world, yet we remain lost in ourselves. Therefore, the Spirit finds us in ourselves. We can testify of this from our experience. When the Spirit enlightened our mind, emotion, will, conscience, and heart, then we began to repent. This repentance resulting from the enlightening of the Spirit is altogether an inward matter. No human being and no angel is able to do such a subjective work in us. This can be done only by the penetrating Spirit, for the Spirit is able to penetrate the depths of our being to enlighten us and expose us. Then we realize how foolish we are, we repent, and we decide to come back to the Father..

Prayer Confession Loving Father thank you for your word. Thank you for enlightening our Spirits that even when we are lost in ourselves, the Spirit seeks and finds us and penetrates into our deeper beings to enlighten and expose us. Lord, we ask for more grace of understanding and hearkening to the Spirit within us in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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